Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 9/12/16

    Signs of the times
    This is for the woman that said signs were being stolen out of her yard. Maybe she should do what people out on Delhart Road did. They made their signs really large and put them in the middle of the pond. That way they are not stolen anymore.
    Editor’s note: Maybe they should build a wall around their signs.

    Hillary needs a dress

  • Galax arrests include strangulation charge

    Staff Report

    According to a Galax Police Department report, a Galax man was arrested on Sept. 2 at 10:55 a.m. by Officer Kevin Hall and charged with felony strangulation, causing wounding or injury.

    Justin Quinn Flora, 26, was charged “after his companion reported that she had been the victim of domestic violence,” said Police Chief Rick Clark.

    Other arrests last week included:

  • Grayson fills in service gaps to help youth

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has given its blessing for the county Community Policy Management Team’s plan to use end-of-year local funds for preventative care programs.

    The leftover funds are tied into the Children’s Services Act.

    Tony Isom, chairman of the policy team, presented the request to the supervisors in July and, after a discussion, agreed to return with a list of potential investments for the board to consider at the August meeting.

  • Multi-vehicle wreck ties up I-77 traffic

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sept. 8 resulted in short lane closures headed northbound. No injuries were reported in the crashes.

    According to a release from Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, authorities were alerted to an accident at 11:15 a.m. last Thursday. The accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 around the 18 mile marker.

  • Galax gets $3 million to improve Cranberry

    A project to straighten a curve on Cranberry Road in Galax and make other improvements has been funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    At a meeting last month, City Manager Keith Barker told members of city council that the project was funded through House Bill 2, which established the new “Smart Scale” program. The program invests limited tax dollars in high-priority projects that meet critical transportation needs.

    The award was the result of a competitive grant application process.

  • Grayson invests in future of youth

    It’s not often in local government when you can save money by offering people more services.

    But Grayson County has wisely chosen to invest in the future of its youth as both a cost-saving measure and an effort to tackle social issues at the source. The county is being proactive with its at-risk youth and families, rather than responding later when the problems have become more pervasive — and more expensive.

  • Politics has poisoned debate over felon voting

    Since the beginning of the battle about automatically restoring the voting rights of 200,000 Virginia felons, the fight has taken on an unnecessary partisan flavor.

    Republican leaders have pointedly accused Gov. Terry McAuliffe of playing politics with the voting rolls to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, essentially calling his articulated motives a lie.

    Virginia is one of only four states that continues to permanently bar felons from enjoying full constitutional rights, a relic of a divisive time in Virginia history.

  • Galax swim team takes second at conference meet

    The Galax Maroon Tide swim team moved up a spot from last year and claimed the runner-up position and the Carroll Wellness Center posted a best-ever fifth place showing at the annual conference meet, held earlier this summer at the Armfield Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain, N.C.

    The Maroon Tide closed the gap on league powerhouse Elkin, which again took the team title with 2,172 points, ahead of Galax’s 1,553, and the Tide defeated the Wet Lightning in a head-to-head meet in the regular season.

  • Carroll runners finish second at C’burg invitational

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Two Carroll County cross country runners posted top finishes in a pair of meets to open the season as Sydney Haynes and Samuel Haynes both placed second at the Giles Invitational and then managed top-six places at the Blue Demon Invitational at Christiansburg last weekend.

  • Grayson, Galax golfers win at Draper Valley

    DRAPER – Grayson County and Galax each picked up a team win in a pair of golf matches played last week at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    In a match last Thursday, Grayson County had a team score of 169 to beat Fort Chiswell (188) and Marion (199).

    Devan Reeves led the Blue Devil attack with a 2-over 38 for medalist honors, edging out teammate Trevor Hawks with a 39.